I decided early on that I wanted to donate my hair to the Pantene Beautiful Lengths program. Unlike other programs, Pantene provides free real-hair wigs to women with cancer. I was appalled to learn that another popular program actually charges patients for their wigs.
Providing wigs to women with cancer is a cause dear to my heart because my grandma is a cancer survivor. She battled breast cancer and lost her hair. I remember her wearing turbans throughout her battle. Having a wig can help a cancer patient feel confident in a time of unease.
Pantene requires that your hair be at least 8 inches long, which is why I had to keep growing my hair. It must be free of permanent color, bleach or other chemical treatments such as Japanese straightening. I haven't colored my hair in years even though I'm dying to cover up the gray that keeps appearing. It must also be no more than 5% gray.
I made it my goal to cut off my hair for my 30th birthday. This gave me a target to work for even when I was sick of my hair and just wanted it gone. Last Saturday was finally the day.
|My ponytail ready to go|
All pictures by my wonderful friend Liz who came with me to document and lend moral support.